|It's almost hard to believe that the last two seasons were so cold, now that long range boats are reporting 80-plus degree water on the Ridge and literally running away from the hot water so the bait will not die.
Even with all the hot water in the low to mid 70s locally, there's market squid everywhere, with the most recent offshore reports being that of squid getting coughed up by the tuna and dorado and open water floats on banks like the 14 and fathom spots like the 43. And then there's the squid on the beach, like the spot off what's being called Blacks Beach, but is really more like the Glider Port off Torrey Pines.
It's hard to believe a lot right now when I take a step back. For one, it was Torrey Pines where I got my first 60-pound seabass two years ago with Greg Trompas in 61 degree September water post Labor Day, and now its in the 70s. All of a sudden cycles, like this last cold water one, don't seem so long.
It's also hard to believe that the water was in the high 80s and almost devoid of life off Puerto Vallarta's Tres Marias on the Maximus last Friday and Saturday. The same zone had signs of cows and skipper Keith Denette even caught one just a week earlier. But at least we got one for the guy that maybe deserved it most.
Here's Erick Wackenstedt's cow that taped out at 218 pounds. Part of the story behind the day one jackpot catch is in this week's Tackle Room column. First trip for 'em, first cow. Fist pump worthy, no doubt.